December 7, 2007

The Theory and Practice of Integral Sustainable Development: Part 1 – Quadrants and the Practitioner

By Barrett C. Brown

This is part one of a two-part paper that offers an overview of Integral Sustainable Development. The paper explains the rudiments of a practical framework that integrates the crowded conceptual and operational landscape of sustainable development and enables practitioners to 1) identify the full-range of needs and capabilities of individuals and groups, and 2) tailor the specific developmental response that fits each unique situation.

The fundamentals of this framework are four major perspectives and three waves of natural evolution. The framework maps out and integrates human consciousness and behavior, culture, systems, and the physical environment.

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